Have you ever wondered if CrossFit was "right" for you? Are all of your "fit" friends doing it? Have you thought that CrossFit is way too hard for you? Well, I would like to encourage you to read a little story about a man who didn't let any of those questions get in his way. I would like to introduce you a remarkable athlete who has proven that Crossfit is right for him, that he is more fit and it is for anyone at any fitness level. Derek Rand.
Derek has an inspiring story to tell of his journey to fitness through CrossFit. I am privileged that he chose CrossFit Puyallup to begin his journey. I have found myself, on numerous occasions, in tears because of the purpose and drive that Derek exhibits in his workouts and the changes he has made in his life outside of the gym. He inspires me. Maybe he will inspire you too. Here is Derek’s story in his words……
My entire life I have been over weight. I have tried just about everything, I was even a vegetarian for 3 years (shudders). I was never in denial about my weight, I just didn’t know any better. Being social wasn’t fun because of the accommodations everyone had to make for me, having to move tables so I could fit in a booth, or not being able to even clothe myself properly. Trying to deal with the day to day of being overweight lead to depression, which lead to a quiet dark moody self.
My turning point which set me on my CrossFit path, was when the Safety Administrator for my job informed that he had to order a special harness and tether for me. He also gently informed me that they did not make the harnesses them any bigger. Meaning if I was not able to be safe in my job, I most likely would have to take a demotion.
Since joining I have turned myself around. I have gone from almost hyperventilating, being coached on how to breathe, from not able to run at all, to running a 5k, setting a record in my back squat, to taking first place in my food challenge, my progression amazes me day to day. Food challenges have been successful for my health and my overall opinion on food itself. I have been through two challenges so far and lost 45 pounds, the pounds keep falling off. I can buy clothes now that fit and have breathing space in any booth. It feels like a freedom I have long desired, which is something I can smile at.
My experience at CrossFit Puyallup has been and will continue to be life changing. I have made so many friends and the support from everyone is amazing. It is so great to hear people cheering for you during the WOD and high-fiving each other after. It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you are currently at because everyone supports each other. Crystal and Kym have created an environment that is inviting to everyone not to mention the knowledge and expertise they bring .I can’t thank them enough for helping me become a better person both inside and out.